JULY 17, 2023

The Manchester BOLD capital campaign has reached its
$45 million goal!

When the campaign began in July 2018, we expected to finish by the end of June 2025. With your help, we completed it a full two years early!

The support from our generous donors is already making a bold impact:

  • Thirty new endowed student scholarships were established.
  • Manchester launched nursing programs, with a traditional four-year Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) track and the 16-month accelerated BSN track for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field.
  • The new Spartan Pride Marching Band revived a proud Manchester tradition.
  • Beginning this fall, Manchester offers a two-year, online master’s degree in nutrition and nutrigenomics, combining education to qualify those who wish to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with cutting-edge science that studies the relationship between an individual’s genes and how they affect their response to food and nutrients.
  • Nearly $11 million was raised for The Manchester Fund, which bridges gaps and addresses unexpected needs so the University can focus on teaching and learning while also handling day-to-day realities. When students have higher-than-average financial need or experience cuts in government aid, The Manchester Fund can help. When a roof springs a leak or an air conditioner breaks, The Manchester Fund is there.
  • Women’s varsity wrestling begins in Fall 2024.
  • The Marvin L. Bittinger Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was named. A donation from Marvin ’63 and Elaine Sailors ’64 Bittinger supports student learning, research and faculty development.
  • The Harry H. Henney ’35 and Jeanette Henney Department of Education was named through a donation from Dr. Jane Henney ’69 and her spouse, Dr. Robert Graham. It supports such things as education research and off-campus study for students.
  • Dr. John Hamer ’48 and Esther Rinehart ’50 established an estate gift to create the John L. and Esther L. Rinehart Hamer Professorship in Music.
  • The new Manchester Chime tower, an initiative that started with the Students First! capital campaign that ended in 2014, was built in 2022 with a boost from the Bold campaign.
  • There were 36 new planned gifts. A planned gift is made during a donor's lifetime or at death as part of their financial or estate planning.
  • Some of the money is going toward furthering Manchester’s culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Spartan Stadium was completed in 2021, combining gifts from the Manchester Bold and Students First! Campaigns.

Thank you to our generous donors who boldly gave in support of Manchester and its students. You make it possible for them to become their best and boldest selves!

Your gifts are still welcome! Make your BOLD gift to Manchester students here.

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Success when
we are BOLD together.

You have the power to be bold. Your gifts to Manchester help to foster a new generation of graduates to set bold goals, take bold actions, and live by convictions emboldened by their Manchester experience.

Goal: $45 million

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By helping to build the institution, that also adds to the value of my degree that I’ve received from Manchester.

Alicia Roberts '01 Baird
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